The Trump administration wants to drastically scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active-duty troops from deportation, according to NPR.
Attorneys are racing to fight this change by submitting applications for “parole in place”after hearing from those family members of deployed soldiers who have been told the option is no longer available.
The program Trump wants to scale back allows military family members who came to the country illegally - and cannot change their status - to stay in the country temporarily. The original goal of the program was to minimize disruption for service people whose family members might have been subject to deportation. Soldiers are therefore able to not be worried about a family member who might be deported while they are deployed.
The Trump administration has made it harder for immigrants to serve in the military and start the path to naturalization while on active duty by discharging immigrants recruited under the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program. This program, started under Pres. George W. Bush, aimed at bringing in medical specialists, fluent speakers of challenging languages and other special skills.
Officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services declined to discuss questions about the program ending.